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What are the biggest stories for government — 2008?

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The week between Christmas and New Year and we get a parade of lists — movies, books, music… and biggest stories from the past year. And in a few days, we’ll start trying to predict what is ahead — which is always a foolhardy exercise.

After the break, I have posted the Associated Press’s list of the biggest stories of 2008 — many obvious ones like the election… and some that we never would have predicted, like the economy or Sarah Palin.

What are the biggest stories impacting government for the past 12 months?

I’m following Team Obama’s use of Google Moderator to give you an opportunity to help decide. The simple question: What are the biggest stories for the government in 2008?

I have posted a few obvious stories — but feel free to add — and vote.

Here are three that I’ve put in there:

* The election of Sen. Barack Obama to be president of the United States
* The transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration
* The economic turn — and what it will mean for feds

That’s just a start, of course. Suggestions not only welcomed, but invited.

After the break, read AP’s full list of the top stories of 2008.

As promised, AP’s top stories of 2008:

Here are 2008’s top 10 stories, as voted by AP members:

1. U.S. ELECTION
2. ECONOMIC MELTDOWN
3. OIL PRICES
4. IRAQ
5. BEIJING OLYMPICS
6. CHINESE EARTHQUAKE
7. SARAH PALIN
8. MUMBAI TERRORISM
9. HILLARY CLINTON
10. RUSSIA-GEORGIA WAR

Stories that almost made the Top 10 included Cyclone Nargis, which killed more than 84,000 people in Myanmar; Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which wreaked deadly damage in the Caribbean and on the U.S. Gulf Coast; and the seesaw fate of same-sex marriage in California, where a court ruling approving it was later overturned by a ballot measure.

Several write-in votes were cast for two developments that occurred too late to be included on the AP ballot — the indictment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the efforts of struggling U.S. automakers to get a federal bailout. The alleged financial scam involving Bernard Madoff also was revealed too late to make the ballot.

Several of the editors who voted commented on how two transcendent developments dominated the news in 2008.

“As far as I am concerned, there were only two stories this year,” wrote Linda Grist Cunningham of the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star. “Global economy collapses (sending every country into financial, political and personal chaos) and Obama elected U.S. president, changing the way the America does business — financial, political and personal.”

Read more about why these were selected here.

Written by cdorobek

December 29, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Posted in DorobekInsider, poll

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